GSA Technology Council

Automation Equipment Manufacturer ruhlamat America Inc. Establishes Operations in Greenville County

ruhlamatruhlamat America Inc., a designer and manufacturer of top tier customized automation equipment intent on accelerating its growth in North and South America, today announced that it will establish its U.S. operations in Greenville County. The undisclosed investment is expected to add at least 35 new jobs over the next few years.

Founded in 1991, ruhlamat America Inc. is a division of the MACK Group, a diversified manufacturer with over 500 employees and operations in Germany (HQ), China, India and North America. The largest division of MACK Group, ruhlamat specializes in the design and manufacturing of customized automation equipment with primary applications in the automobile industry. The company is also world-renowned for its design and assembly of chip card (including credit card, transportation, and government identification) and custom passport production technologies.

At launch, the new operations will be housed in approximately 10,000 square feet located at 138 Johns Road in Greer, with expansion to a larger facility projected over the next three to five years. ruhlamat anticipates hiring approximately 15 associates in 2014 to support custom equipment assembly for U.S. customers, with additional hiring planned over 24-36 months.

Hiring information for the company will be released shortly. Positions to be filled include electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, assembly technicians, quality control, sales and administrative support positions. Interested candidates may email resumes to

For more information about ruhlamat America Inc., please visit until the U.S. website is established.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project.

via South Carolina Department of Commerce

New Job Posting! Programmer – Greenville Casualty

Help Wanted

Greenville Casualty would like to hire full time staff member to maintain and write code using C#, Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web GUI.

Preview more open positions on the GSATC jobs board. We encourage you to share it with anyone who may be in the hunt. If you are looking for work, feel free to let us know what you need on our LinkedIn group!

Looking to hire? Post your openings to our job board.

Green Java Users Group meets Wednesday Sept 10 in Asheville

GJUGAlan Dipert, author of Hoplon will be presenting how to use Clojure, a great tool for end-to-end single-page web-app development. The GreenJUG monthly meeting has been rescheduled to coincide with this presentation.

Register: GreenJUG & Asheville Coders League Meetup

GSATC presents a Design Thinking focused Learning Lunch September 17

Design Thinking

Could your team benefit from a new toolset for grappling with intractable problems?

Design thinking is a holistic approach to work that is centered around how people experience products and services. It is a set of tools and methods that any team can use to reframe difficult-to-solve problems, create delightful moments for customers, and make work more meaningful and satisfying.

Join us for this month’s Learning Lunch to find out how teams can change the way they approach problems, work more collaboratively, and design more human-centered products and services. You’ll learn what design thinking is, how companies have adopted it, and hear success stories from organizations that have implemented its tools and mindset.

11:30 – 12:00 Registration, Networking, Lunch
11:55 – 12:10 Announcements
12:20 – 1:15 Panel Discussion with Q&A
1:20 – 1:30 Door Prizes, Adjourn

This meeting is held at the Embassy Suites and features easy access from I-385, plenty of free parking, ample networking opportunities, a great presentation, and door prizes. Plan to attend.

Onsite registration is available. Lunch is $30 at the door.

 Our Speaker

Marc Bolick

Marc Bolick leads the US office of DesignThinkers Group, working to grow the business and the team, and helping to deliver client engagements. With over 20 years of experience in various aspects of product and service creation, Marc has worked in a variety of sectors including healthcare, mobile & web applications, travel & leisure, financial services, automotive, and innovation consulting. Marc loves to combine his left-brain engineer self with his right-brain design thinker persona. He is an engaging strategic thinker, behavior observer and group facilitator.

DesignThinkers Group is an international innovation agency with offices in 12 countries serving a diverse range of clients including Coca Cola, Michelin, SAP, Google, Shell, Bosch, and Phillips.


Code for Spartanburg on September 9

The kick off meeting for the first Code for Spartanburg takes place on September 9 with the anthem, “Solve a problem, change a city, inspire a nation: Code for Spartanburg!”

September 9th, 2014 6pm – 8pm
The Iron Yard
159 S. Daniel Morgan Ave, Spartanburg, SC
Register at: Code for Spartanburg Meetup #1

Ideal Attendees

  • Members who want to build better tech and advocate for open data
  • Civic Partners in upstate municipal governments to help brainstorm off open civic data
  • Community Partners who can help identify issues and organize solutions
  • Donors who want to support Code for Spartanburg

TSAChoice Announces New Leadership Team; Names Dan Watts President

TSAChoiceAsheville and Greenville technology integrator TSAChoice has designated a new three- member executive leadership team: Dan Watts – President, Dan Higgins – Vice President of Operations, and Kerry LaPierre – Vice President of Finance Originally formed in 1982 as Telephone Systems of Asheville, TSAChoice has grown into the region’s largest provider of turnkey office technology solutions and one of Asheville’s top technology start-up successes. Today its founders, prior President Bill Arledge and Executive Vice President Jeff Lowdermilk, announce a new executive leadership team.

dan wattsDan Watts, who joined TSAChoice as Director of Customer Development in May, 2013 has been named President of the 32-year, 60-employee company and will join longtime TSAChoice executives Dan Higgins, Vice President of Operations, and Kerry LaPierre, Vice President of Finance, as the company’s senior level management team.

Bill Arledge and Jeff Lowdermilk will remain with TSAChoice as Principals, serving as mentors to the new leaders during the transition.

On his new role, Watts says, “It is an exciting time in an exciting industry. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the well-established and growing TSAChoice as we continue to help our clients manage their technology initiatives.”

Prior to joining TSAChoice, Watts, who is a US Army veteran, worked with USLEC/ PAETEC/Windstream for 13 years where he served in various management positions in both sales and operations.

Under his leadership, TSAChoice plans to continue its core business as a commercial technology integrator while embracing the changes associated with the evolution of business technology. With a strong focus on the customer experience, TSAChoice plans to grow its managed services offerings such as the company’s flagship Complete IT Plan which allows customers to focus on their core competencies by outsourcing the day-to-day planning and management of their technology systems.

via TSAChoice

Greenville Health System Pilots Wireless-powered Diabetes Management Solution

The Greenville, S.C.-based healthcare system is among first in Southeast to incorporate wireless tool as part of employee wellness initiative.

GHSSouth Carolina’s largest health system is pioneering the use of the world’s first cellular-enabled blood glucose management system. Greenville Health System has signed on to use the Telcare Blood Glucose Meter, (the Telcare BGM®) combined with a secure, privacy-protected cloud-based care management server with automated messaging and reporting. The device establishes a constant connection that relays blood sugar data between patient and doctor, with immediate messaging back to the patient, resulting in more customized treatment plans.

Greenville Health System (GHS) is using the Telcare blood glucose management system as part of an employee wellness initiative. Selected employees at GHS are using the meters on a pilot basis, and the health system plans to make the Telcare meter broadly available to additional diabetic employees later this year.

“The Telcare system creates a year-round culture of care by digitizing a consistent support mechanism that’s so crucial for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels,” said Dr. Angelo Sinopoli, Greenville Health System’s chief medical officer. “Employee wellness is important to our company, and cellular-enabled glucose meters allow a new level of care and control for our diabetic employees.”

The Telcare solution is an example of mHealth technology, which includes machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions specially designed and optimized for the healthcare industry. M2M describes technology that enables cellular networked devices to create business solutions by exchanging information and performing actions with other devices or networks.

“mHealth devices, such as the Telcare system, truly benefit from the speed and reliability of our network,” said Jerry Fountain, Carolinas/Tennessee Region President for Verizon Wireless. “Telcare helps patients and their doctors share vital health information day and night. Diabetes can be a frightening disease, but the Telcare meter is another tool to help patients better manage their health.”

via Verizon Wireless

M33 Integrated Solution Among 2014 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America

M33 Integrated Solutions ranks no. 3038 by Inc. magazine on its 33rd 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing companies. The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013.

Warren Buffett sagely stated “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” For M33, this quote rings true. Beginning in the early 90’s, M33 has once again been recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. While there might be some shade, the tree planting is in no way easing up. “It is exciting and motivating to receive this recognition,” states Sammy Riddle, Co-Founder and Sr. Partner of M33. “Whether it is our first year or eighth, we are equally honored and further inspired to help our clients excel during these challenging and evolving market conditions. ”

In addition to making the Inc. 5000, M33 is also ranked among the top 50 companies in South Carolina and the top 100 Logistics & Transportation companies in the country. Over the past three years, M33 has experienced a growth of 117% and sits on the list with top companies such as LinkedIn, Dell and Pandora. Partner Andy Williams states, “In an increasingly competitive industry, we don’t take repeat growth for granted. We are thankful every day for our successes and the people who help make it happen. Future growth and increased job opportunities are anticipated.”

M33 is a global logistics provider offering supply chain expertise and proprietary transportation management software that allows greater control over shipments and increased efficiencies in routing, fuel costs and shipment tracking. With a customer-centric focus, M33’s co-managed approach has a foundation of communication and collaboration.

Congratulations to M33 for eight years straight, for investing and growing your employees, for persevering in an environment that makes risk management seem like child’s play and for continuing to plant your trees for future shade.

via M33 Integrated Solutions

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Upstate Garbage-to-Fuel Firm Secures First Airline Investment

Fulcrum BioEnergyCathay Pacific Airways announced today that it is the first airline investor in Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. (“Fulcrum”), a US-based sustainable biofuel developer, as part of the airline’s biofuel strategy and to help it achieve a target of carbon-neutral growth from 2020.

The airline has made a strategic equity investment in Fulcrum, which is a world pioneer in the development and commercialization of converting municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel or “biojet fuel.” Cathay Pacific also has an option for further investment.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said: “We are very pleased to become the first
airline investor in this sustainable biofuel developer. We are well aware of the impact the aviation industry has on the environment and have been doing a great deal to minimize our own impact. We are pleased to have identified Fulcrum as a strategic business partner that has the necessary vision and technological know-how to help Cathay Pacific pursue the use of biojet fuels. These fuels are an important component of our sustainable development strategy, under which we aim to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020.”

Cathay Pacific has also negotiated a long-term supply agreement with Fulcrum for an initial 375 million US gallons of sustainable aviation fuel over 10 years (representing on an annual basis approximately 2% of the airline’s current fuel consumption) that meets all the airline’s technical requirements and specifications. Fulcrum plans to commence construction of its first commercial plant later this year and to build large scale, waste-to-renewable jet fuel plants at multiple locations, including locations strategic to the Cathay Pacific network, primarily in North America.

Cathay Pacific Biofuel Manager Jeff Ovens said: “Fulcrum has successfully demonstrated a
process of converting municipal solid waste feedstock into sustainable aviation fuel at its scale demonstration facility. The feedstock will be pre-sorted to remove any recyclables prior to being processed into fuels. The company has proved that its technology is viable and has supply commitments in place for feedstock needed for the fuel production. These supply commitments will cover both near-term and future developments.”

Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Macias said: “We value
our strategic relationship with Cathay Pacific, one of the world’s premier airlines. Cathay Pacific shares our vision and plan to bring a whole new source of sustainable fuel to the airline industry. A new fuel that has the exact same molecules as fossil fuel but is cleaner, lower in carbon, renewable and lower cost than traditional fossil fuels. Cathay Pacific is really stepping up to help accelerate deliveries of this fuel to the market. This relationship adds to Fulcrum’s existing feedstock, technology and fuel off-take partners that enhance Fulcrum’s low-cost business model for the production and sale of large volumes of low-carbon, jet fuel.”

According to Mr. Macias, jet fuel produced by Fulcrum’s waste-to-fuels process will reduce lifecycle carbon emissions when used in aircraft or road transport by more than 80% when compared to traditional fuels derived from crude oil and other fossil sources. This process also reduces the amount of municipal solid waste going into landfill sites and the methane gas emissions that result from this. If not captured, methane gas is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a global warming contributor.

via Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.

Worthwhile Named to 2014 Inc. 5000 Makes Second Appearance on List

WorthwhileInc. Magazine has named Worthwhile, a digital strategy firm based in Greenville, S.C., to the 2014 Inc. 5000 list.

Worthwhile is number 3904 on the list, which recognizes the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. This is Worthwhile’s second consecutive year on the list.

Worthwhile builds custom web and mobile apps that solve challenge and seize opportunities for our clients. These apps can include mobile apps, websites, e-commerce and custom software.

“We’re thankful to have great customers who consider us partners,” Worthwhile CEO Dan Rundle said. “We’re growing because we do a good job helping them grow and adapt to a digital world.”

Worthwhile has been one of the Southeast’s leading web firms since its founding in the mid-1990s. By combining high-quality software code, award-winning design to create strategic digital solutions, Worthwhile serves clients across the region with a distinct level of effective service.

via Worthwhile